As you may expect, RoSPA has had to make a lot of alterations to its
operations over the past week, not least moving all of its HQ staff to
remote working, and postponing in-car tutoring and tests until after the end of May. I just want to thank you again for your patience and ongoing support throughout this evolving situation.
RoSPA is taking its lead from the latest Government advice, particularly
with regards to social distancing. As such, we’ve now taken the decision
that all motorcycle tutoring and testing booked in before the end of May
should be postponed. Similarly the club has suspected any group activities, meeting and ride outs.
Any riders due to take their retest during this time will have their
three-month grace period extended, until such a time that they can take
For those interested in membership, please lodge you expression o interest with us via email or Facebook enquires and we shall get to you quickly once the current situation has been resolved. Again, thank you for your ongoing patience. We will be in touch as and when there are further updates.
Derbyshire Riders branch of RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders is a friendly local advanced motorcycle group. Our aim is to provide high quality advanced motorcycle training to existing motorcyclists in Derbyshire and surrounding counties. While our main focus is motorcycle road safety, we maintain a friendly club atmosphere and aim to have fun riding our motorcycles as well. We find a well trained rider is generally quicker on the road and safer than an untrained or self-taught rider. In support of this vision the group aims to provide an active social network, featuring club meeting, guest speakers, functions and group social ride outs and riding, all aimed to develop skill and confidence.
Our team of experienced RoSPA Approved Tutors give their time on a voluntary basis, which makes joining us as affordable as possible. Although we operate on a voluntary basis, this doesn’t mean compromising on quality; our Tutor programme of testing, support and monitoring is thorough and ensures that tutoring is delivered to a very high standard all the time.
if you would like to improve your riding, why not come along and visit one of our regular club nights . We will be happy to tell you more about ourselves and what we deliver.
The sections below contain a variety of information about us but please don’t hesitate to Contact Us for more information.
Our Aims, Values and Constitution
We are pleased to confirm our continued partnership with our venue in 2020. We meet in the upstairs large room at The Clock Warehouse on the third Tuesday of each month.
The Clock Warehouse, Shardlow, Derby, DE72 2GL
Please check the exact dates in our Events Page. If you’re thinking of joining or would simply like to find out more about what we do, why not drop in to see us and we’ll be pleased to welcome you.
Other Group Activities
Whilst advanced training is important to us, we also get up to a range of other things! We are always open to suggestions and new ideas, but here are some examples of things we do:
Group Ride-outs. We regularly arrange group rides and would be pleased for you to join us and our Events page contains details of forthcoming rides. The aim of the events is to provide a fun, safe and inclusive experience for all and prove popular for meeting new members and maintaining skills. Guidance for the conduct and structure of group rides can be found in Group Riding Guidance.
Group Ride Out Calendar for 2020 – Something for everyone’s diaries, the schedule of club runs for 2020. The intention is to make these completely inclusive, attractive to all members and to use as an opportunity for associates to learn in a supportive group environment. And importantly to have fun with friends.
March (22nd) – Andy Vest
April (25th or 26th) – Gary Furnival
May (24th) – Steve Watt
June (20th or 21st) – Geoff Springthorpe
July (25th or 26th) – Graham Brown
August (22nd or 23rd) – Gavin Harris
September (19th or 20th) – Andrew Jones
October (25th) – Steve Watt
November (21st or 22nd) – John Tizzard
Social Events. We are always keen to arrange social activities and would welcome your ideas and help in doing so. Activities might include joint events with other groups, trips to various shows or short breaks and touring holidays. See our Events page for details of forthcoming events.
Fundraising & Recruitment. As a voluntary group, it is essential that we raise money to support our road safety aims and fund the activities of the group. We are also always on the lookout for new members, and help in recruiting them is always much appreciated.
All of our Tutors are experienced bikers with a passion for motorcycling, road safety and helping others to improve their riding. Find out more about them here.
Tutor Standards. Our Tutors hold a minimum Gold grade RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle certificate and have completed a rigorous Tutor training and examination process before becoming a RoSPA Approved Tutor. This tests their ability to tutor, their comprehensive knowledge of the Highway Code and Roadcraft and to ride safely with an Associate.
To ensure that standards are maintained, support is readily available from our Chief Training Officer and Group Advanced Tutors.
Tutors undergo regular monitoring from the Group Advanced Tutors as well as an annual check ride with our Chief Trainer. You will see our Group Tutors also leading ‘skills talks’ at our monthly club meetings.
Independent to their Tutor activities, they also have to re-take the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Test every 3 years, the same as any other RoSPA member.
All of our Tutors give their time on a voluntary basis. In recognition of this, we ask those undertaking any tutoring to:
- give as much notice as possible if they are unable to make a tutoring session
- be on time for tutoring sessions with sufficient fuel for a reasonable ride
- arrive for every session ready to learn
- have completed all agreed practice and reading requested of them
- give their Tutor feedback
- offer their Tutor a contribution towards running costs (see Fees & Joining for more info)